Glenn Dale Azalea Hillside
The Glenn Dale Azalea Hillside at the US National Arboretum attracts over 100,000 visitors each spring when over 10,000 Glenn Dale Azaleas on the south face of Mt. Hamilton burst into bloom. They were planted before 1949 and fell into decline by the 1970s. But since 1980, they have been revitalized and have turned into the premier garden attraction in Washington, DC, each spring.
If you haven't seen them yet, you may want to check the website savetheazaleas.org. The head gardener thinks he needs to destroy all of the azaleas after they bloom in 2011, so he and his staff won't have to take care of them. The irony is that they have been brought back from decline and are maintained primarily by enthusiastic volunteers.
If you want to see them or want others to have the chance to see them, please help save them. The campaign to contact USDA administrators and members of Congress has succeeded in bringing the pending plans of destruction into the open and seems to be making some headway in saving the azaleas. Contact information for these people is available at savetheazaleas.org.
Here is a link that might be useful: SaveTheAzaleas.org